With a slow pace of life on Alderney it is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life to enjoy Christmas as it should be. Spend some quality time with family and friends next to a fire in one of our quaint pubs or restaurants. Sample the taste of Alderney with our fine local produce during your Christmas day meal followed by a blustery walk on the beach.
To help plan your island time at Christmas keep an eye on this page to see what is happening.
Friday 30th November – Carol-singing at 5.45pm in the Memorial Garden & Farther Christmas switching on the lights, followed by Christmas Market at The Adventurers Rest 6 till 9pm
Saturday 1st December – RNLI Christmas Fayre at The Island Hall from 2pm
Saturday 8th December – Alderney Rotary Club Christmas Market at The Island Hall from 2pm
Sunday 9th December – Christmas Market at The Moorings 12-4pm
Wednesday 12th December – Late Night Shopping on Victoria Street 6 till 9pm
Alderney Voices Christmas Concert with guests Alderney Brass Band at 7pm in St Anne’s Church – a programme of beautiful Christmas music. Free entry with Retiring Collection plus Interval with drinks.
Join Santa and his helpers on the only railway operating in the Channel Islands, with its two 1959 London Northern Line Tube cars pulled and pushed by the Vulcan Drewry 0-4-0 diesel locomotive Elizabeth. The Santa Express will take you on a two-mile long journey from Braye Halt to Mannez Quarry. Each child will recieve a small Christmas present and adults can enjoy a mince pie and glass of wine.
The train departs from Braye Station at 2pm and 3.25pm (adults return £6, child return £3, infants go free).
More information avaliable at alderneyrailway.com
Organised by the Alderney Wildlife Trust, the 18th annual Boxing Day Walk is a fantastic way to escape the piles of wrapping paper and work off that second helping of Christmas pudding.
Each year the route aims to take walkers to a seldom visited part of the island or somewhere that has recently been opened to the public or has work undertaken. No two walks are the same and you’ll visit historic sites as well as taking in some of the island’s most beautiful scenery.
The walk always finishes with mulled wine and Ingrid’s (owner of St Anne’s Guest House) delicious hand-crafted mince pies. The walk costs £6 for adutls, £3 for children, last approximately two hours and covers around 3-4 miles of winding paths with some steep sections.
More information avaliable at alderneywildlife.org
A traditionnal wet welcome at the Marais Square (11am) courtesy of the Alderney Fire Brigade followed by the first swimm of the year at Braye Beach (12noon).